Associate Dean for Experiential Education
Professor of Law
Building & Room:
300 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604
Alicia Alvarez’s areas of expertise are clinical legal education and community economic development.
Prior to joining UIC Law in 2019, she was a Clinical Professor of Law and director of the Community & Economic Development Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School where she represented nonprofit and community organizations, and social enterprises in Detroit. She also taught in the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic at Michigan Law, focusing on employment law. Prior to Michigan, Professor Alvarez taught in the Community Development Clinic, Asylum & Immigration Clinic, and Civil Litigation Clinic at DePaul University College of Law. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Valencia and at Boston College Law School and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of El Salvador. She has consulted with clinics throughout Latin America.
Professor Alvarez is a member of the Council of the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association. From 2016-2019, she served on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). She also served on the AALS Membership Review Committee from 2012 through 2014 and chaired the committee in 2013 and 2014. She served on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Education from 2012-2015. Before teaching, she was a staff attorney at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest and Legal Aid Chicago (then the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago).
Professor Alvarez received her BA, magna cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago, and her JD, cum laude, from Boston College Law School.